Orji Kalu Is A Land Use Charge Defaulter - Lagos Government
Lagos State Government has said the home of the former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzo Kalu was sealed because of his failure to pay statutory annual land use fees.
Kalu had in an interview with Pointblanknews.com shortly after his home in Ikoyi, Lagos, was sealed, accused the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola of pursuing a vendetta mission because of his threat to sue the state over the deportation of Igbos from Lagos State.
'When I said I vowed to take him to court over his deportation of Ndi Igbo from Lagos, he told some people that he would seal my house for threatening to take him to court,' the former Governor told Pointblanknews.com from the United States.
But in a swift reaction, Lagos State Government in a statement sent to pointblanknews.com signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba, said the claims by the former Abia State Governor are misleading and not factual.
According to Ibirogba, “the fact is that Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu's property in Park View Estate, Ikoyi was distrained pursuant to Section 40 of the Revenue Administration Law of Lagos State for failure to pay the statutory annual land use charge despite three separate notices delivered to the said property.”
The statement reads:
“The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to a misleading claim by a businessman, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu that his Ikoyi home has been sealed off following a threat to sue the Lagos State Government over an unrelated matter.
“We wish to state, for the avoidance of doubt, that nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu's property in Park View Estate, Ikoyi was distrained pursuant to Section 40 of the Revenue Administration Law of Lagos State for failure to pay the statutory annual land use charge despite three separate notices delivered to the said property.
“As a government driven by law and process, the Lagos State Government will ordinarily expect all law abiding residents to discharge their responsibilities to the state.
“If, in spite of failing to do so, Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu wants to give ethnic colouration to a routine performance of its duties by an agency of the state government, which in this case is the Land Use Charge Office, under the Ministry of Finance, he is welcome to do so.
“However it should be noted that when the issue was brought to the attention of the Governor, Tuesday evening, he directed the agency to unseal the property and that an additional 14 days grace period be given to Mr. Kalu to pay the said charge.”
It should be emphasised that notices like these are served on defaulting property owners on a regular basis who either comply or contact the Agency to raise any objections they might have to such notice. Mr. Orji Uzor Kalu, like every other citizen, must fulfil his obligation to the State.
HON. COMMISSIONER FOR
INFORMATION AND STRATEGY